Review of illegal killing of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran

 

BirdLife International is currently leading a Review of illegal killing and taking of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran, jointly with OSME in the Middle East region.

This project extends the geographic scope of our previous review of the illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean region  which has proven a useful information source for the CMS intergovernmental Task Force set up to tackle the issue (see scientific paper, layman’s report and full report, all used as information documents at the 1st meeting of the CMS intergovernmental Task Force).

One of the key objectives of this initiative was to compile national level information on the worst locations for illegal killing, the practices used and numbers of individuals per species illegally killed/taken. In order to achieve this, BirdLife Partners, OSME members and other experts have compiled relevant data on illegal killing and taking of birds in their country in a national template.

The datasets for each country were made available online for peer-review (previously on this page) and these revised datasets are currenlty used in our analysis. Results will be finalised and available to share later this year.

For more information about this project, please see Birdlife Stop Illegal Bird Killing website or contact science@birdlife.org.

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